The tug trial The test: Take a clump of hair just over 2cm in width and gently tug the hairs. If more than six strands come out it could indicate your hair is shedding more than normal. What it reveals: Hormones could be playing havoc with your health as well as your hair. Hair has a three-year cycle of growth, rest and periods of shedding. The changes in hormone levels that come with stress, illness, pregnancy or post-birth disrupt this cycle, causing the shedding to occur earlier and resulting in thinning hair. But annoyingly, it’s often only apparent two to four months after said event. The solution: First things first – don’t panic! If the event that caused your hormone surge is over, then your hormones will have already started to balance out so your ‘normal’ hair cycle will ha
The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists has condemned in strongest terms, what it described as “a disturbing video” currently circulated on social media platforms and published by some traditional media in Nigeria depicting a barbaric treatment of an innocent child with disability by an alleged member of the society. In a statement issued in Abuja and jointly signed by the National President, Dr. Rufai Yusuf Ahmad and National Secretary Dr. Felix Odusanya, the society expressed shocked and outrage and categorically denounced what is seen in that video. It described the content as “callous and unprofessional and does not in any way relate to Physiotherapy practice, its skills and all its known techniques”. To unravel the matter, the NSP has set up appropriate machinery to reach out to th
The Senate has asked the Ministry of Health at all levels to set up free and accessible mental health stations in all government-owned hospitals and clinics across the country. The Upper Chamber also urged the Federal and State Ministries of Health to embark on mental health sensitisation and awareness campaign, even as it called on the citizenry to lookout for possible symptoms of unhappiness, depression, among others, and seek professional help where necessary. Senators also attributed the increasing rate of suicide in the country to the present economic recession. The resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a motion by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, APC-Lagos Central, titled, “Need to Ensure Affordable Mental Health Care for Nigerians.” In her presentation, Senator Tinubu said:
• Biovaccines plans to start with yellow fever, others • Project can’t satisfy 20% of nation’s needs in five years Nigeria is expected to roll out its first locally produced vaccines in July 2019, beginning with the drugs against Yellow fever, Tetanus Toxoid and Hepatitis B.To ensure that a firm being floated to achieve this target, Biovaccines Nigeria Limited, meets these promises, May and Baker said it would need to invest $50 million (N18.5 billion) to resuscitate a manufacturing line at the defunct National Vaccine Production Laboratory (NVPL) in Yaba, Lagos, which it has acquired. Stakeholders said the project would help Nigeria to better respond to emergencies like the recent epidemic of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) C that ravaged about 27 states of the federation, generate
It is no longer a hidden fact that a specific regular dose of aspirin may be able to prevent some types of cancer. And so the growing maxim in certain circles today is “an aspirin a day keeps cancer at bay”. Evidences from recent studies point to the fact that it is true! A Science-guided panel that is saddled with reviewing evidences for various categories of treatments in 2016 made recommendations in favour of the use of regular low-dose aspirin. The panel which is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advocated this measure for people between the age brackets of 50 to 69 years; it is expected to prevent incidents of heart attacks, strokes, as well as some types of cancer. However, for people who are below the ages of 50, or above 69 years, the task force said that the claim was not
The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Kefffi in Nasarawa state, Dr. Joshua Ndom Giyan, has urged clinical and non clinical staff of the centre and other health workers in the country to key in to quality research in order to tackle the nation’s health challenges. Ndom Giyan made the call on Tuesday during Scientific research seminar organized for scientific officers and non clinic staff of the centre in Keffi. The seminar was organized by the Scientific Research Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. Ndom Giyan said: “Every federal Tertiary Health institution has three mandates which are provision of Tertiary health service, manpower training and Research, hence the need to encourage staff to embrace quality research at all time. “There is the need for all of us t
There was high tension at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH, Amaku Awka, Anambra state following a suspected case of lassa fever reported in the hospital. Fear of getting infected by the dreaded disease gripped patients and staff of the hospital when a lassa fever patient was reportedly admitted in the hospital. Our correspondent learnt that jittery patients were forced to distance themselves from the apartment where the lady patient was kept as a result of the unexpected panic. Reacting on the development, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Lawrence Ikeako, said they had a lady patient that was admitted on Sunday night, and was immediately informed by his staff of the suspicion. "Actually we had a lady patient that was admitted
Regulatory agencies and experts in medical and pharmaceutical fields have expressed concern over the setbacks and challenges of clinical trials in Africa, especially Nigeria. They made their concern known during the maiden edition of the All Africa Clinical Trial Summit on ‘Next Frontier for Growth and Revolution in Clinical Trials: Africa is Ready,’ held on Tuesday in Lagos. During the summit organised by the Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria, in collaboration with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the experts engaged brainstormed on how Africa can improve the volume and quality of local clinical programmes and integrate such into the global clinical programmes. They also considered how partnerships between African regulatory authoriti
The unnamed 22-year-old had 30 inches of his grossly enlarged bowel removed by surgeons at Tenth People's Hospital of Shanghai in China. It is believed the young man had Hirschsprung's disease, which causes the bowels to swell because the nerves that are supposed to control the gut are missing. Doctors said the man looked like he was nine months pregnant because of the painful enlargement and feces backup. The surgeons at Tenth People's Hospital of Shanghai in China removed 30 inches of the affected part of his colon (pictured) The medical experts believe he had been constipated for years and looked 'like he was about to explode.' The patient said he had always suffered from constipation and used laxatives, but those only offered a brief relief. He finally went to the hospital so
A new film by Medical Aid Films with Fistula Care Plus which focuses on the debilitating health condition - Obstetric fistula, has just been released. The film was produced in partnership with EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health organisation dedicated to bringing about lasting change by training health care professionals, and partnering with governments and communities to make available high-quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health services to everyone now, and even future generations. Obstetric fistula is a disease condition that is most prevalent among poor and rural societies mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa; it has so far afflicted over 2 million sufferers worldwide. The film was short on location in Nigeria, and aims mainly at ensuring public enligh
The Chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Borno state, Dr Jamilu Muazu has said that his members on routine inspection to hunt down fake drugs have been threatened with guns in Maiduguri. The chairman also a Don in the University of Maiduguri said that insurgency and that singular threat to the lives of members some years ago actually brought back the hand of the clock in the fight against fake and substandard drugs in the state. But was shocked to hear that a drug seller could try such daring act when the task force had gone to the popular drug market in Maiduguri near customs area of the town to inspect his shop. They had hardly settled down to business when the merchants of death brought out a gun and dared the team to audit their stock of fake drugs. Since then als...
Whether you love to crunch on them, dice them into your salad or coleslaw, or make them into juice, carrots are a healthy source of Beta carotene, among other vital health uses. Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines. Scientifically classified as “Daucuscarota”, carrots are an edible root vegetable. Obviously in this part of the world (Nigeria), it is the time of year; one is likely to see carts full of bright orange carrots. The carrots are young, fresh and are kept hydrated throughout the day with sprays of water. It is typically orange in colour, but purple, white, yellow, and red carrots are out there - just not as common.The many medicin
New advice on antibiotics use has been released by the World Health Organisation, WHO. in its new Essential Medicines List (EML) The new updated guidelines differentiate which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances. This is contained among additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for nine already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs. The EML is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure
WHO Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is in the United States of America 12-17 June to share his vision for the WHO with global leaders, before taking up his new position on 1 July. Over 5 days Dr Tedros will meet with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Kim, World Bank Group President; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Tom Price, Secretary of US Health and Human Services; and others, including leadership for the Canadian Ministry of International Development and La Francophonie, Carter Center, United Nations, US Agency for International Development, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US State Department. On Monday 12 June 2017, Dr Tedros will address global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Conventio...
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have commended the 1.2 billion dollars funding initiative to eradicate polio disease in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, and WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, gave the commendations as global health leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fund the eradication of polio in the countries. The major pledges included 75 million dollars from Canada, 61.4 million dollars from the European Commission, 55 million dollars from Japan, and 30 million dollars from Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Others pledges were 30 million dollars from the Dalio Foundation, 25 million dollars from Bloomberg Philanthropies, 15 million dollars from an anonymous donor, and 13.4 mi